The Best of the Best – Films of 2016

Gosh, I’ve been away again for ages. There’s a reason for that but I’ll get back to that later. Now it’s time for the traditional best of the best in the end of the year. Mine is so sad, though. As I live here in the middle of nowhere (that’s Finnish Lapland to you who don’t know), I haven’t been to cinemas for over two months and haven’t seen the latest, like Rogue One for example. Or Arrival. Or Nocturnal Animals. As said, my list is sad but here it is anyway. And yes, I know that some of these came out in the States in 2015 but not in Europe or at least in those countries that I go to.



The Lobster



Steve Jobs



The Revenant



Son of Saul



The Invitation



Doctor Strange



Captain America: Civil War



The Big Short







Not a very good year as the number one is the only one with total 5/5 (or 10/10 at IMDb) and I’ve given 9/10 only five films this year. Sad. Let’s hope the next year will be better. And in February I’ll have a chance to see all those films I’ve missed during the last couple of months.




The Best of the Best – Disney Company Films

To celebrate 93rd birthday of The Walt Disney Company I wanted to list my favourite films produced by the company. Walt Disney is one of my biggest heroes. He was the man who made fairytales to become live. My all time favourite quote is his


and I always try to keep that in mind when it feels I can’t. We all can. 🙂

There might be some films missing but I blame IMDb if not my fave Disneys are on the list, as these were the ones the search of ever reliable IMDb gave me. There are some minor SPOILERS in videos.



Ratatouille (2007)


Enchanted (2007)



Freaky Friday (2003)


Beauty and the Beast (1991)


Mary Poppins (1964)



Frozen (2013)



Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

3) (This breaks your heart. The best montage ever.)

Up (2009)


The Lion King (1994)



Wall-E (2008)

Lovely, lovely films! It’s great that there are still people who make you feel good with creating this kind of films.

And there’s more to come like live-versions of Beauty and the Beast, Tim Burton’s Dumbo or Cruella with Emma Stone starring. Even the trailer for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean looked promising. Mary Poppins also returns and Lasse Hällström is going to direct Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, that should be interesting. And yes, the live version of  The Lion King sounds scary idea.

The Best of the Best – Marvel Cinematic Universe


I was thinking of saving this for later when MCU is ready with its plan but they probably will continue making those films as long as there’s audience for them, so as I really liked new Cap America, let’s list things to celebrate the success of Marvel!  So far there have been 13 films that are part of phases one, two and three. Obviously there are tons of other films that are Marvel branded, e.g. X-Mens but I will only include films surrounding The Avengers.

avengers-age-ultron-hulk-mark-ruffaloUsually I have in my Best of the Best lists some bubbling-unders and will do that this time too. Though there are only three of them. I’m not a big fan of The Incredible Hulk, the whole Hulk-thing didn’t work for me at all until Mark Ruffalo came along. He’s genious. So that is on the bottom of the bunch and next up is Captain America: The First Avenger, it’s way too American for my taste. Plus Cap is kinda boring. And unfortunately I have to leave Ant-Man out of the final Top-10. I love Paul Rudd but that film was just ok.



Captain America: Winter Soldier

This is really hard as I’m a fan of the whole universe and all these films are entertaining enough and often more. Well, Cap, until the last chapter, has been way too oldie goldie for me and thus this is my number 10 pick.



I love, love, love Loki as many of you might know but if you take him away from Thor films, they are not very entertaining. Especially the first one.



Iron Man 2

Perhaps. I just checked and I’ve given all three Iron Man movies 8/10 at IMDb. So… I don’t know.



Iron Man

Yeah. Still don’t really know.

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Iron Man 3

Right now it feels like I enjoyed this one the best, I really liked Ben Kingsley’s character.


Thor: The Dark World

Loki. And London is a plus. But mainly Loki.


Avengers: Age of Ultron

It’s a bit messy and too much but I just love it when they’re all together. And Hawkeye’s storyline worked for me. And it was a bit sad too which is usually nice touch to this kind of action films.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s basically tie between this and number two but like said, I love my avengers, so Star Lord and his crew lost. Then again that killer soundtrack gives it an edge. It’s a tie.



Captain America: Civil War

Like said and like I wrote few days ago, the latest installment to the series is a great one! Go see it! Spidey! Whose side your on?

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The Avengers

But it does not beat the original. Josh Whedon is king of this film, the script is absolutely great. And you know; Loki. 😉

What do you think? What’s your favourite?

The Best of the Best – ROM-COMS

heartsTime for some love and laughs! There’s never enough of those two. Especially these days.

Romantic comedies are my “skeleton in the closet”. I just love them! I can even watch really bad ones. It kind of feels that I’ve seen all romantic comedies. I haven’t really, I do have some kind of limit (read: “made for TV”). Unfortunately there aren’t that many really good ones. Rom-coms are like horror films, only bunch of them are classics. But I do have them on this list (at least almost all of them). I admit, there are some screwball comedies missing, as I still haven’t watched them and the list is also missing When Harry Met Sally because I didn’t really like it. But I did like all these 18 films that I mention next quite a lot.

Like always (see my previous lists like the best cinematographers, directors or TV characters) I have few honorary mentions:


Sideways that, to me, is more of a buddy dramedy but as all these listed came up from IMDb when searching genres of “romance” and “comedy”, is one of my favourite films that really feel real. And as a wine fan, I love it! Sideways, as a film, is better than some of those in actual TOP-10 but as I don’t see it straightforward rom-com, I left it out. Trainwreck that came out only the last year was a blast and it might end up my eventual TOP-10 but I’ve only seen it once. Pitch Perfect is also great but again, not exactly rom-com. One of the great surprises in the genre lately was Warm Bodies. I’m not a fan of zombies (or movies about them) but this one warmed my heart (and body). One of the classics that I have here bubbling under is Some Like It Hot, that is one great film! And should probably be up there but when I did my list, those 10 were easy to list. Same goes for Groundhog Day. The last one that I have outside of my best ten, is Jerry Maguire. I would have never ever counted it as a rom-com but IMDb does, so here we go. One of the best romantic scenes in films (obviously spoilers):

And now the actual TOP 10.

10) The Proposal

I gave this only 7/10 in IMDb when I first saw it but I’ve seen it since something like five or six times and it always makes me laugh and perhaps tear up a bit. And Sandy is hilarious and you know, I never get tired of watching Ryan Reynolds to take of his clothes.


9) Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is better than it’s standing but as I find the best rom-coms actually laugh out loud funny, this one just isn’t one of those, thus it’s place as number nine. But it is my favourite Woody Allen film and I love the writing and characters in it. I first saw it in the middle of summer and it is beautiful and suited to that warm, dark August night better than anything.



8) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days


This is what I call rom-com! It even has Matthew McConaughey in it! Before his later years career, obviously. And I loved him already back then. His lovely, cocky Texan ways. I think I’ve seen, if not all, most of his rom-coms because he just is the MAN in them! And Kate Hudson is funny and beautiful and this one is a classic in the genre.


7) The Great Race

I actually haven’t seen this oldie with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood for years and years but it was my favourite when I was a kid and I remember laughing so much. I still remember the funniest stuff. I should definitely watch it again. Great fun!


Ok, now we come to those six ones that are THE rom-coms to me. I watch them over and over again. And love them! Despite the cheesiness or anything. These are the films to watch when you feel down.

6) Legally Blonde

Some of you might remember how Ally McBeal had a theme song to make her feel more confident with “yes, I can” mentality. Well, Legally Blonde is my theme movie. It’s my encouragement, I always watch it when I feel I can’t. I don’t think it as a rom-com that much but of course it is. BUT the main thing is that Elle doesn’t need a man to be successful and happy and I like that. Plus Reese Witherspoon is genuinely funny.



5) Never Been Kissed

Yeah, I’ve seen this ten or more times. I’m not a huge fan of Drew Barrymore but here she shines. And all those supporting characters are great too. You should check this to see young Jessica Alba and James Franco. Cheesiness factor is quite high but who cares.



4) Love Actually

As this is already my Christmas number one and the film that I wish would survive after armageddon (with few people as there wouldn’t be any point otherwise), I’ll let it slip and put it my number four on this list. But it is still ultimate rom-com. And British do it better. They are funnier.


3) Bridget Jones’s Diary

I hate the fact that Bridget so desperately needs a man in his life (and I don’t like the second part, she’s way too silly in it) and that she looks, well, maybe, actually, real with her idiotic clothes and desperate need of a cut -hair and is way too ridiculous but maybe that’s the point. We can relate. Where’s my Darcy? Plus genuinely funny! The scene where Bridget introduces the author of Kafka’s Motorbike, I still can’t watch it, too humiliating. And super-funny. And come on, Colin Firth is… Well, Colin Firth. Love him. Who wouldn’t like to be liked “just the way you are”?


2) Notting Hill

Have you been to Notting Hill? I would love to fall in love there too. Or in London, generally. Like I said, British do it better; they’re funnier, more real and romantic, apparently. Notting Hill with that Ronan Keating song might be too much to some but not to me. I still laugh, especially when Horse & Hound is interviewing other cast members or Spike is doing anything, or when William says “upsy-daisy”, so hard when watching this. Oh, and I cry so much when watching this film. And in the end I’m so in love and uplifted. That’s why this genre exists.



1)  Four Weddings & a Funeral


I should probably thank Richard Curtis for making my life better (thank you, Mr. Curtis) as all four in my top-4 are written by him. Four Weddings being THE romantic comedy. (Thanks for Hugh Grant, apparently, too! I didn’t realise before that he is my ultimate rom-com leading man…) I also always say I’m not a big fan of 90’s films. I guess I’m lying. Thank you also introducing me to W.H. Auden.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

OK, now I want to watch all these great, feel-good flicks. I’m glad they exist.

The Best of the Best – Films of 2015


The first post of the year and the first Best of the Best list of the year (I wanted to do this the last day of 2015 but hey, what can I do, real life happened). And of course it is the listing of the best movies that came out in Finland or in the Netherlands the last year. That means some last year’s Oscar candidates and that also means there are some films that are already out in the States but I haven’t seen yet like Brooklyn, Carol, Spotlight and The Revenant to name a few. But let’s see which ones made it to my final Top-10.

Altogether I saw 44 films that came out 2015 in Finland or in the Netherlands, the most of them in cinema thanks to the monthly card they offer you in Pathé cinemas in Holland, 19 euros per month. And I live five minutes from the big IMAX cinema. Not bad. Of those 44 films I gave at least four stars (out of five) to 20 films. And 4,5 or full points to exactly 10 films BUT because I ended up liking some four star movies more when more time passed, not all those films in that top 10 ended up to my final top-10. 😀 Confusing, huh? Not really. Let’s get counting.

nightcrawler_gyllenhaalSome honorary mentions to Nightcrawler because my darling Gyllenhaal is an extraordinary great in that one and I ended up cheering to his character and questioning my own morals. Likewise Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender are unbelievably great in Steve Jobs as is the script, the editing and the cinematography. And music too but unfortunately it’s missing something. Emotion, perhaps? Avengers: Age of Ultron is actually really good but because the first Avengers was sooooo good, it’s hard to live up to hype. Same goes for The Martian. Everyone just loved it and while I thought it’s really good, it isn’t memorable and I don’t feel urge to see it again. Which isn’t a case when it comes to Birdman, I really want to see it again, especially because of the cinematography and acting but it also lacked the emotion and I hated the characters. Not worth of my top ten but close. And one more honorary mention: Straight Outta Compton. Totally unfamiliar territory to me and a bit off-putting characters (I’m not big on this kind of “I’m tougher than you” -attitude like they have in the film) but it sucked me in. Liked it a lot!

And then…



Inside Out

I absolutely loved the story but Inside Out fell on this same trap of over-hyping that The Martian or some others. I was really looking forward to it and unfortunately it just wasn’t THAT good. A little childish perhaps and I was looking forward to feel more. I didn’t laugh as much as I hoped for and what’s even more surprising, I didn’t cry as much as I usually do when watching animated movies. But all that aside, I enjoyed Inside Out a lot and adored the characters and originality of the story. I hope they will win the best original screenplay Oscar. My review. 



Mad Max: Fury Road

If feels like I should give this a higher position on my list when so many of the critics and fellow-bloggers have loved this one. I don’t know. Mainly I remember hyper-editing and cool music (yay for Junkie XL!) and Charlize Theron’s character being a bit too much. I also remember being surprised that I cared about the characters in the end that much (especially Nicholas Hoult’s). And I remember walking out of cinema feeling exhausted, like I had done exercising myself. And I gave it 4 out of 5. Maybe it really is worth of more but for now it stays here. There were films that I liked more in 2015.




I like longevity. Meaning that I tend to valuate films and music and other art too in a way that if I want to watch (or hear) it again and again and again, it’s better than that one time shocker that was unbelievable but I don’t want to see it again. It’s not the case always because shocker has it’s unique value but for example in a case of Trainwreck I put it this high as I think I will watch it always. I’m a huge fan of rom-coms but unfortunately they make them bad usually. There are only few that I tend to watch often and I bet my ass off that Trainwreck will be one of them. It’s by far the best film Apatow has directed so far. Amy Schumer is seriously funny and her script is excellent. Plus I love Bill Hader. ❤



Ex Machina

I hope this one will become late bloomer. It surely deserves to be recognised, such a great film. All actors are top notch. Especially I adored Oscar Isaac’s work as I had just seen The Force Awakens a week before where he plays totally lovable guy and here he’s very much different. Same goes for Domnhal Gleeson too, very different guy here and in TFA. And Alicia Vikander obviously had the year of her life. She’s amazing. Kind of perfection. But the story is the real winner in Ex Machina. It’s smart and surprising with great dialogue and excellent atmosphere. Watch this if you haven’t yet!



The Imitation Game

This one got eight Oscar noms and won one for the adapted script (see Graham Moore’s “thank you” speech here, he’s adorable) and deservedly so. There’s nothing wrong with The Imitation Game. Yes, it lacks “something extra” but otherwise it’s impeccably made, superb acting especially Cumberbatch in a lead and to me Knightley as well who is actually usually very good or more but people still tend to hate her for some reasons I don’t understand, beautiful craft work in cinematography, set design, clothing and of course music (I’m not sure if it’s possible for Desplat to compose something that isn’t great?). Excellent film. And it sure doesn’t lack emotion. Oh, how I love crying in cinemas!




Read the review and watch it if you haven’t yet!




This is such a sad film. Makes you feel quite bad. But it’s superbly made. Or edited is probably the right word as it mainly uses materials that are already there. We can be happy that Amy Winehouse was part of the digital age and she and her friends filmed a lot of stuff during her short life. I hope this will win the best documentary because despite of her own actions, she deserves all the recognition. She remained true to herself.



Jurassic World

A friend of mine who usually thinks that I’m quite smart and that my taste in movies is ok (aka good enough so he can actually have conversations about them with me), can’t understand why I like Jurassic World so much. But you know, it is so much fun! Brainless, yes, I know, but FUN! Big time fun. And those heels! Salute to the heels. And Chris Pratt’s nipples. And motorcycling with the raptors. And all other totally out-of-hands things that happen in the film. Who cares?! It’s fun and looks amazing!




I wasn’t able to stand up after watching Whiplash in a cinema in the last February. I was shaking so badly and my feet didn’t carry me. And that means I just saw something extraordinary. I think Whiplash is in my all-time top-5. Such a film! I actually started crying during first five minutes in this one because I was so relieved after realising that I’m about to see something exceptional (it helped that I had just watched Foxcatcher which, by far, is one of the worst disappointments of the year). And I did. Teller and Simmons, whoa! And Damien Chazelle is my newest hero! He’s so young but so talented. Love him! ❤ And that editing. The best editing that I have ever seen, makes me cry even to think about it. And the colours of the film. Ohmygod. Yeah. I love Whiplash.



You probably guessed it already, didn’t you? I’ve seen it twice and I think I will see it again this week, can’t get enough. And how unbelievably great it is to see a Star Wars film after all these years (yes, I already forgot the prequels) to be the number one of everyone and everything. Hurray! The best ending of the year that I could have hoped for. Here’s my review. And now off to the new year!


The Best of the Best – Movies of Music

Yeah. I’m kind of cheating here. Like I tend to do quite often with my Best of the Best lists. So, this is the listing, idea gotten from a blog of Cinema Disco Parrot when she made a top ten of her favourite musicals. Well, I thought of making the same but then I just noticed, surprisingly I don’t like musicals. Weird. I though I do. But all these 12 films that I mention here have gotten me 10 or 9 in IMDb and that means they’re really good and I think that is good line to draw when making a top ten list, or what do you think? BUT as I said, I cheated and following films are not necessarily musicals but films either musicals or ones where music plays important part of the story.

Let’s go. So, two films just bubbling under top 10 are worth of mention too.



Walk the Line

Pitch Perfect

And then to my actual TOP-10. The Best of the Best of movies that include music in one way or another. Clips of some of my favourite parts of the film. Including music. Videos might contain spoilers.



I’m quite sure there are a lot of you who haven’t seen this one. You should. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. And Johnny is as hot as ever. It’s trashy, it has young Ricky Lake and porn star turned actress Tracy Lords and it even has Iggy Pop! Recommended all the way. Good fun!



There’s no way that I could have done this list without Disney musicals. This is the first of three.



I know what it is to love music. A band and follow them wherever they go. I love this film and this scene is the best scene in the whole film. It’s hard to explain how cool it is to travel with or after some band on tour. There’s some kind of magic. And Kate Hudson has never been more beautiful than as Penny Lane.



A “little” different music film. Usually films with music are on the cheery side of the notes. The Pianist is devastating. But so well done. Adrien Brody really earned his Oscar for the role of Wladyslaw Szpilman.



I have no idea how many times I have already shared that video. At least four in this blog, I think. Well, once more. I love that song! ❤



I just realised I don’t have Mary Poppins on this list. And apparently I thought it’s worth of 8/10. Hmph. Don’t know about that. But at least I have Sound of Music here. I love that song. And all the others in the film as well. I could’ve chosen any of them but that’s classic. Julie Andrews was and is amazing singer.



When I was a kid and were sick my mum took me to my grandma to recover while she went to work. It was the best place to be when sick. She made me Nutella sandwiches and I was able to watch Star Wars  or Wizard of Oz. I couldn’t do that at home. It was so nice. You forgot you were sick when you were shipped to Oz with basket full of Nutella sandwiches.



It feels kinda wrong to put this tiny little film with Keira Knightley and Adam Levine on top of Julie Andrews and Judy Garland but I just absolutely loved this film when I saw it couple of years ago. It made me feel like I was flying. Kind of believe in the world again. And it describes the effect of music in your life so well. Oh so well.



Of course this is on the list. My god that is amazing opening for a film. And that film is still amazing. Hakuna matata!



That is not unfortunately the original clip of the film which they have actually managed to keep out of YouTube. At least I couldn’t find one. But that is by all means the best part of music of any musical ever. I absolutely love it! But again, I could choose any of the songs in Moulin Rouge. Whatthehell, here’s another:

There you go. I thought this would be easy and quick post to write but nooooo. I’ve been here for hours listening to all of those great songs from great movies. Two best things in the world; movies and music. *sigh* How about yours? What are your favourites? Which films that music is in the lead role would you recommend? I have, by no means, seen all of them.

The Best of the Best – Films of 2014

bestof2014There are so many films that I missed this year in cinema that hasn’t come out yet in small format. So, there will be no Nightcrawler, The Grand Budapest Hotel or even How to Train Your Dragon 2. And I’m sad for that. And because of the fact that I live here in north, I haven’t seen the most of the Oscar hopefuls yet, so no Theory of Everything or Birdman either. And because of that same fact there will many Oscar nominees from last year. So, let’s take a look what I liked this year.

The first of all, I can be happy this year compared to the last year when I said I didn’t see any films worth of 10/10 at IMDb (although after seeing Frozen again this Christmas I’m quite willing to give it full stars, it was even better now). This year I saw three! That’s a lot. Roll down to the top 3 and you’ll see which ones I liked the best but before that some honorable mentions like always at my best of the best lists.

I liked a lot of Philomena that was last year’s Oscar nominee, same goes for Inside Llewyn Davis and American Hustle, both of them from last year too. The Lego Movie I only saw a week ago but I thoroughly enjoyed it, great script. And finally one of those outside of my top-10 is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that was very good and well done technically.

And now, to the ten:




This one took me totally by a surprise. I thought I wouldn’t like it but I fell in love like rest of the world (or so it seems). The whole gang is genius. And Chris Pratt is the best guy in the world. And Groot. Well, all of you who have seen the film, knows what I mean and if you don’t, just check that video clip above. He’s the most adorable thing. I think I will like this film even more in the future. It will hold.




The most of the people saw Her already 2013 but unfortunately it only came out here this year. Or maybe not so unfortunately because this has been a very good year in films to me. I even tried to make the worst of list but I couldn’t because I haven’t seen that many bad films this year. But back to Her. Well, read my review.




The Wolf of Wall Street is the most debated film in my review history. And I quite like that. And I also liked the film itself despite the off-putting main character and quite misogynistic view. It was an entertaining couple of hours. And DiCaprio was so good.




This and the next one could be other way around too but because the number six has more soul in it, I gave it a higher rank. But I liked everything about Gone Girl, it looks good, it feels toxic and everyone make very good work, especially Rosamund Pike who well deserves that Oscar nom that she’s going to get. Oh, and apparently I haven’t done a review of this. Well, like I stated, I liked it a lot. There was only casting of Neil Patrick Harris that just didn’t fit and it bothered me thorough the whole film but otherwise it was guaranteed David Fincher who can make even Ben Affleck, the actor, works magic.




Well, everyone knows by now that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto killed in Dallas Buyers Club. They were so good. And the story is great. Here’s my review.




Ok, I do understand the thing in this film but still. And I’m a bit afraid to say this, because I think the most of the people (who watch a lot of films) will think me shallow or stupid or something, but anyway: I thought it was a bit boring. Like normal life is. Even though I like a lot Alexander Payne’s films that are usually about normal people, his characters are still larger than life, Linklater’s are not. They are just that size. And even though Boyhood is a remarkable piece of future cinema history and something that hasn’t been done before and so on, it was still boring. And that it the reason I only gave it 9/10. And there were four superior films this year. But I do think Patricia Arquette should get an Oscar for her performance, I think it has been the most real mom portrait on film ever.




This was the most entertaining piece of cinema this year. Oh, all those men that I already appraised in my review. The cinematography and CGI. And Evan Peters. And above is the making of clip of my very favourite scene of the film. Fassbender. Oh, Fassbender. I can’t wait for the next installment. I loved this film. Still do. And now I just have to put a girly heart in here: ❤




My 10 out of 10 films. The Best Picture winner of Oscars 2014: 12 Years a Slave. A beautiful work. Well, read my thoughts from the review. It did deserve all the praise it got and some more. And this time Fassbender because, man, that man can act.




Again, total surprise like Guardians. I absolutely adore this little film. It was such an uplifting experience and I still listen to the soundtrack, above is the best song of the bunch. And yes, Keira Knightley sings herself. My review. I still promote this film as often as I can because it makes good to your soul.

And finally… The ones that read my blog regularly would’ve guessed that the best film of the year (and one of the best ever) to me is:



I already celebrated it highly in my review but I can’t do it enough. I still think it was the best movie going experience since Return of the King and that’s the highest compliment I can give. I’m quite sad that I can’t see this one in the cinema again because it truly is the one that needs to be seen in the biggest possible screen. Like said, it was an experience not just a film.

So, there. It’s kind of funny that this year I liked the best a huge film and the last year I enjoyed the most a little film that embraces the story, not the grandeur. But both almost equally good. And I’m so glad I still get to see so many great films. Hopefully the next year will be as good as this one was. And I believe it will.